Keary relishing Roosters' first away trip
Roosters five-eighth Luke Keary is hoping the club's first away trip of 2018 could help kick-start what has been a stuttering nine weeks of the season so far.
Speaking ahead of his team's departure to Auckland for a Saturday afternoon return bout against a Warriors side that thumped the Roosters six weeks earlier, Keary also expanded on his coach Trent Robinson's declaration that the team had overhauled their attack in the 10-day turnaround after the Anzac Day loss to the Dragons.
"I'm looking forward to it, it's our first away trip of the year so it will be good to get away with the boys," Keary said.
"I always love playing over there, it's a good atmosphere and they'll be having big crowds at the moment so I can't wait to test ourselves over there.
"I love them, you obviously don't want to be going every week but they're cool, you're only away for a few days, you don't have to worry about anything, everything's spoon fed to you and you get to know the boys a bit better. I love the away trips. Not every week but they're cool."
Keary certainly gets his wish not to have to travel away 'every week' with NRL.com Stats revealing in the pre-season the Roosters have the lightest travel load of any club in 2018.
However he is hopeful the trip away with the team will also give them another chance to get their sputtering attack right after the recent overhaul.
"We had 10 days turnaround [from Anzac Day]; we stripped a few things back, got back into some basic stuff," Keary said.
"They (the coaching staff) made it clearer how they want us to play now we've got to go out and execute that now. It wasn't going to be perfect on the weekend (against Manly), it probably won't be perfect this weekend but over the next month or two, we've put in some stuff that hopefully will be good for us in the future."
Asked to elaborate on what had changed, Keary said it was around trying to challenge opposition defences.
"The way teams defend these days in their 0-20 metres has improved a lot. If you look at the numbers I reckon not too many tries get scored in that 0-20," he said.
"Defences are moving a lot quicker, the out-the-back plays are getting a bit less significant. The centres are learning how to defend them so you've got to come up with some different stuff that's going to ask different questions of teams that they haven't been practising the whole pre-season."
When the inevitable Origin question rolled around though, Keary made it clear he had no interest in putting his name up for discussion at this stage.
"We've had such big change around here in the pre-season I've been focusing on trying to get things right here and they probably haven't been to where we want them to be and I haven't had much time to think about that other stuff," he said.
"I couldn't care less to be honest (if people put my name forward); if it happens, you deal with it then. I've got no control over it. The more you think about that stuff it takes away from what you're doing and you start to get ahead of yourself."